Best Peak District Pubs

Pubs are a British staple wherever you go and the Peak District is no exception. This national park takes relaxing with a cold beer to new heights with outdoor areas that overlook incredible views, and rooms with a bed to stumble into after your 5th…or 12th…pint. You’ll be travelling around a network of local villages during your stay so it’s handy to know the go-to pubs in each location. Our top picks have something for everyone and were based on critera such as tourist friendliness, nice atmosphere, comfort, quality service, and accessibility.

Best Peak District pub with rooms: The George, Hathersage

The George boasts a pub-style ambience while maintaining the quality service you expect from a hotel. Pubs with rooms sound convenient until you need to get some shut eye, then the fun becomes a disturbance. Luckily, the drinking area in The George is private, yet buzzing with chatter and music without being overbearing to annoy most guests. The 500 year old coaching inn building oozes with character and a touch of modern styling, showcasing original oak beams, exposed stonework and homely suites. The George resides in the heart of Hathersage with a private car park. It’s also a prime spot for walkers within the northern Peak District, providing easy access to famous hikes such as Bamford Edge, Stanage Edge and Higger Tor. Just a stone throw away is a bus stop that takes you to other key locations such as Bakewell or Castleton area.

Best dog-friendly pub in Peak District: Bulls Head, Castleton

Castleton is one of most interesting villages to stay in because there’s plenty of things to do. It has everything from historical castle relics to caving to wandering independent shops. Bulls Head in particular is known as a pet-friendly haven. This pub is a winner for a comfortable homely atmosphere. The chairs have nice cushioning and some areas have sofas and welcoming armchairs to relax in. The service is just as accommodating and even the drink selection offers a personal touch with alternatives to big brands. Outside space is handy for dogs and there is a car park out the back with no shortage of outdoor tables. They also have an extension where you can enjoy some fresh air but with a roof that protects you from harsh weather, rain or sun. We like that they switch up the menu and there’s always something for kids. The steak and ale pie with stick toffee pudding for desert is a personal favourite.

Best Peak District pub for walkers: The Old Nags Head, Edale

The Old Nags Head is the perfect getaway pub for outdoor enthusiasts. Often dubbed ‘hikers bar’, there’s a steady flow of walkers with stories to share. This isn’t surprising as Edale is home to the best beauty spots around, including the Shivering Mountain, Mam Tor. You’ll develop an insatiable appetite for food and drink in this area, which makes everything taste that much better. The Old Nags Head has just about everything you could ask for with rooms to sleep, delicious (albeit pricey) food, water bowls for dogs, and a local selection of lager and ales. The decor stays true to the traditional style of the building and the wild side of the Peak District. The spacey venue has a variety of quirky seating areas that exude warmth from cosy low ceiling corners near beer barrels at the bar to an open, giant exposed stone fireplace with stag heads on the wall and antique book displays.

Best pub in Peak District for food: The Bulls Head, Ashford-in-the-water

The vast majority of pubs in the peaks serve good food. People’s taste buds are so different that it’s difficult to pick a clear winner! However, we recommend The Bull’s Head as one of the best for food. First, there’s a higher standard in Ashford as this is not your average village. This venue gets a lot of praise and rarely short of bookings. What we like the most is how every meals looks beautifully homemade. Everything is presented with care by friendly staff. Some dishes come on quirky wooden slabs that fits well with the traditional cosy atmosphere, including a wood burning stove.

Best Peak District pub with view & outdoor seating:
Stables Bar, Monsal Head

Stables bar is a pub in everything but name. As an extension of the Monsal Head hotel, this cosy place is home to some of the most epic views you will ever see. It’s a popular lunch break destination for travelers on the famous Monsal trail. Nothing quenches your thirst quite like a refreshing pint after a long walk with panoramic views overlooking the dale. You’ll be greeted on arrival by a line of benches by the car park waiting for your company. In summer, the sweet temptation of an ice cream stand is also present. The outdoors seating area is pitched with umbrellas to protect you in the rain or sun with space for up to 8 people per bench. The grub isn’t cheap but at least you can get a homemade pie, soup and other tasty classics. Try the Monsal golden ale by Pennine Brewing Co and see if it matches up to your regular.

Best pub in Bakewell: The Manners

Bakewell is a quaint little town that is very welcoming and we chose The Manners as a good representation of that experience. It has great hospitality with accommodation to stay the night. The highlight, though, is the quality food. It cooks some of the best pub food around with a strong menu selection of homemade dishes such as cottage pie, steak and unicorn pie, and lamb masala. One of the chef’s signature dishes is the seabass and the Sunday roast is tasty as well. You’ll be treated to a beer garden for those summer months in a nice scenic spot between the main street shops and park.

An honourable mention is The Queen’s Arms for a down to earth, fun venue with a pub quiz, live events, pool table, and beer garden. This is where I ordered my first ever drink so I’m slightly biased. But it’s bang in the centre by the Co-op so hard to beat as a causal drop-in for a few rounds before you go on your way.

Best pub near chatsworth house: The Devonshire Arms

Chatsworth House visitors often book accommodation at the Devonshire Arms in Pilsley and Beeley, both 18th-century coaching inns that belong to the Chatsworth Estate. People go for drinks after a trip to the Duke and Duccess of Devonshire’s home and the sophistication does not end there. You’ll get to enjoy Chatsworth Gold ales and number of other fresh Peak Ales from the local brewery. Both the pub food and rooms near the Chatsworth House are presented with a touch of brilliance. Although neither venue is very big so places are limited. If you want to take a trip north to the Chatsworth Estate farm shop and cafĂ© then Pilsley is the better choice. If you’d rather visit Chatsworth garden centre in the south, Beeley will be closer. If you’re really feeling lavish, just a 4 minute drive away is The Peacock of Rowsley, which is another level of elegance but has the price tag to match.